1993 Special Cup
Much like the Star Cup, the 1993 Special Cup was straightforward in a variety of ways, but in others it promised (and continues to promise going into the off-season) to provide drama drama drama.
At the back, Mario returned to his old ways and scored zero points during the whole cup. Daisy again showed some promising pace but continued to throw away countless good results. Toad had something of a comeback podium but otherwise publicly declared his desire to move all resources towards 1994. Another podium for Koopa puts his unwanted record another number higher. DK Jr also picked himself up a podium to round off what has been a season of incredible ups and downs: things were either going perfectly or they were a disaster for the old ape.
Speaking of throwing away results, the Mitsuyoshi/Peachelin duo of Yoshi and Peach finally got their acts together to win the final two rounds of the season. It cemented both drivers in their positions, and Peach especially could be seen as the most improved driver of the year. Wario, who has shown championship-level skill, has also shown his lack of experience with a variety of errors. He was unable to win the championship but still picked up two podiums.
Then we have the championship battle. At Ghost Valley Luigi picked up a decisive win to put himself equal on points with Bowser but ahead on countback. That is where the fight ended unfortunately: a crash in quali at Vanilla Lake coupled with the lowest attrition in Mario Kart history saw him finish a lowly 6th. At Donut Plains 3 he crashed again in Q1, and even with the help of his brother putting him a place up the grid didn’t save his championship hopes. He finishes the season a strong second, but 15 points off an even stronger Bowser.
Bowser was all-dominant and became the first driver to win two cups in succession, as well as the first driver to win three cups at all. His late season form has him as a worthy champion, if in spite of a lap 1 crash with his rival at the dead rubber Rainbow Road round. Having already sewn up the championship, Bowser collided with Luigi, and the whole debacle left a bad taste in the mouth after what was a sensible and clean championship. But it's official, Bowser is the 1993 Mario Kart Champion
Luigi and Mario fell to blows yet again with their attempt to reroute the rules of qualifying. Mario was caught out deliberately crashing in Q2 to push his brother a place higher up on the grid, and the stewards punished both incredibly harshly for the misdemeanour. Again, no points were affected, but the message is clear.
And so that concludes the 1993 season. It hardly feels like it is over though, what with the ever-worsening relationship between the Mario Brothers finally spilling out into the public eye in the off-season…